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Centre tells states to take action against illegal arms manufacture

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 13:02

New Delhi: The Centre has directed states to
take action against manufacture of illegal arms and ammunition
some of which are reaching militants and Naxalites, Home
Minister P Chidambaram said on Wednesday.

Replying to questions in Rajya Sabha, he said arms and
ammunition were manufactured illegally in some states and the
Centre has asked them to take action.

"We have asked state governments to take strict action
against illegal arms and ammunition (manufactured and sold
in their states)," he said.

"In our assessment, there are factories where arms and
ammunition are manufactured illegally," he said adding the
states have, however, not officially communicated the action
they have taken.

The Centre, he said, shares information with the states
and asks them to take action.

Some illegal arms and ammunition were being sold to
Naxalites and militants, he said and pointed out that
Naxalites also loot weapons from magazines.

"Militants have access to illegal arms and loot
armouries," he said. "It is a grave problem (and) we will
address it seriously."

In the Northeast, arms are smuggled from across the
border, he said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 13:02

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